Guest Post by Becky Behrends, M.D. and Vice President of Research for Michigan Citizens for Election Integrity (MC4EI.com)
Remember the old Tony Bennett song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco?”
Nowadays, this famous crooner would be singing a different tune. More like the Ray Charles tune, “Hit the Road Jack!”
Well, as a taxpayer, do you want to be holding the bag in paying for one solitary toilet, that’s right, just one commode in 150 square feet of space for the “bargain” price of $1.7 million?!!
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The San Francisco Chronicle laments: “Poop Complaints Have Swelled in All San Francisco Neighborhoods.”
The beautiful city by the bay has been dubbed the “open defecation capital of the U.S.,” compliments of decades of “progressive” Democrat governance. Their famous Union Square is now known as “Urine Square.”
The solution? Create freely accessible public toilets.
But why should one toilet cost $ 1.7 million? Plus, it would not be ready for use until 2025. This scandal was referred to as “Toilet-gate” in 2022.
Here are the reasons the city of SF gave for this ridiculously expensive commode and why it would take so long to build.
San Francisco is the most expensive city in the world for ANY construction.
Inflation is a leading cause (Bidenflation- let’s call it what it is!)
30% increase in construction costs due to higher costs of fuel, labor, and materials.
Costs related to:
– planning (pay the architect)
– multiple layers of bureaucratic committee reviews
– California Environmental Quality Act review
– putting the project up for bid
Experts have said the highest estimate for the toilet should not be over $200,000.
A company in Nevada, Public Restroom Company, said they would actually donate a pre-fabricated building which includes the toilet, enclosure, locking door, and sink, which normally sells for $135,000. And the toilet would be ready for use in three days.
Nevada is on San Francisco’s list of states they refuse to do business with because of their stance on abortion, voting rights, and LGBTQ issues.
But because of the huge public uproar over the $1.7 million price tag, SF authorities decided that accepting the offer from Nevada was “not doing business” but just accepting a gift.
When the story broke in the news media, SF leaders decided they had better wake up and show some fiscal responsibility. Guess you can say the leftists were caught with their pants down (pun intended). Decisions, decisions in this Tale of Two Toilets- go for cheap or the pricey one?
So, they are allowing the Nevada company to create the public restroom with a toilet for not more than $200,000. But, of course, $300,000 additionally is required for the landscaping design, permits, and environmental reviews. No doubt, all these advisors and consultants were cronies and pals of government officials. You know, the ole’ pay-to-play stuff.
Senator Rand Paul annually releases what is referred to as The Festivus Report on wasteful government spending. In his 2022 report, he noted the following highlights:
$140 million from Covid Relief Funds was used to construct a luxury hotel in Broward County, Florida, on the Atlantic Ocean with 30,000 square feet of pool decks and an 11,000 square foot spa and fitness center
$168 million to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation
$3 million to watch hamsters fight on steroids (to determine if current drugs for aggressive youth suppress steroid-induced aggression and “roid rage”)
$1.1 million to train mice to binge-drink alcohol
$2 million spent by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine if using hot tubs lowers stress
$1 million spent by NIH to see if people can overcome their fear of going to the dentist
$7 million of cancer research money was spent by NIH to create an automatically flushing smart toilet with the added bonus that the toilet will take a picture of your derriere from inside the toilet bowl should you wish to preserve it for posterity! “To fully reap the benefits of the smart toilet, users must make their peace with a camera that scans their anus.” Stanford researchers have said. (Did you know that your rear has 37 unique creases that create an individually identifiable “analprint”? And you thought going through security at airports was a pain in the rear now; just imagine if this technology is pushed by leftist loonies!)
$4.6 million was spent by National Science Foundation (NSF) to determine the connection between getting drunk and falling down
$36 million spent by NIH to determine why stress turns hair gray
From the Festivus Report:
And these additional wasteful pork barrels went rolling forth, as reported by Forbes:
$530,190 Hookers for Jesus
$7 million space alien detection
$248,200 story time at laundromats
$2.1 million for sex education for prostitutes in Ethiopia
$271.5 million in federal grants to General Electric, United Technologies, and Boeing Corp. (Collectively, these three companies spent $174 million lobbying Congress (2014-2017). Pretty good return on the investment!
Had enough? Wait, there’s more!!
Over $75,000 on, say what??!
Harvard biologists on government grants captured lizards in the Turks and Caicos Islands and then blasted them with leaf blowers. All in an effort to determine the worsening effect of climate change-induced hurricanes. They would film them hanging onto sticks until a windspeed of 108mph from the leaf blower blew them off.
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Hung up on Dung!
$556,584 was spent by NSF to measure animal poop to test a mathematical model of defecation. Researchers collected dung from pandas, elephants, warthogs, etc., at a number of zoos, animal facilities, and farms in the U.S. and weighed it. Helps to determine new methods of diagnosing animal illnesses.
A Florida lab is dosing male rhesus macaques with feminizing hormones in order to turn them trans. The intent? To determine why male-to-female transgender humans suffer high levels of HIV infection. It is suspected that estradiol, the hormone commonly given to transgender women, may weaken the immune system.
Who funded this? None other than the esteemed “I am Science” Dr. Anthony Fauci and his National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Get ready for Drag Monkey Story hour in your local libraries!
Surely, I should be able to get a $2 million grant so that I can tell the government they are wasting money. You know, it requires research, review, assessment, etc.
As the saying goes, “Welcome to America, where the government does whatever they want, and the public will forget about it in a month.”
Should we be forgetting about it? Now is the time to stop the government from flushing your hard-earned tax dollars down some San Fran smart toilet.